Meeting: Jasper Public Works & Safety

The Jasper Board of Public Works and Safety met Tuesday and:

• Heard that Tom’s Lawn and Garden will host its first ever EGGfest, which will be at its Sixth Street shop on Saturday, Sept. 14, from 1 to 6 p.m. Pre-register tickets are $20. The event will feature live music, food tasting and beer. Tom’s representatives will meet with Darla Blazey, the city’s director of community development and planning, to acquire temporary use permission for the fest.

• Approved the dropping off of a dumpster at a MacArthur Street resident’s home from Friday until Monday of this week.

• Approved the police department to seek quotes for a police truck. The department has funds for the vehicle in its 2019 budget.

• Approved seeking quotes for the purchasing of 14 sets of new turnout gear for members of the Jasper Volunteer Fire Department. The department has funds for the purchase in its budget.

• Heard of weed letters that were distributed to residents. Also approved issuing a trash accumulation ordinance violation notice with a $500 fine to the north side Dollar General on Mannheim Road. City Attorney Renee Kabrick said store leadership has been accommodating in the past when approached by the city, but the site has trash problems annually, and the city continues to receive complaints about the accumulation at the property.

• Heard that the fire department and police department will host a blood drive from 1 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 6, in the side parking lot at the fire station.

• Heard from Mayor Dean Vonderheide that more than 600 people visited the city’s pool last weekend during the hours that it was open free to the public due to the excessive heat.

• Approved a sidewalk, curb and gutter, and driveway replacement project at a Mehringer LLC property on Dewey Street, pending conversation with Tim Doersam, the city’s gas and water manager. Mehringer LLC and the city will each pay 50% of the cost of the project, which is $1,775 total.

• Approved a 1 cent change order on the multi-use trail project. Subsurface soil stabilization is required along Mill Street and a portion of 23rd Street to facilitate construction and support the path. Originally, the path was going to have a concrete ribbon along both sides of the path, but to transfer funds to the subsurface stabilization, the ribbon will not be part of the project. City Engineer Chad Hurm said it was “purely a cosmetic item for the trail,” and does not affect its width or compliance with standards. Also heard that the project is a little behind schedule due to the recent rain, but it should pick up pace now.

• Opened a bid for a snow plow for the street department. The lone bid came from Central Parts Warehouse of Tinley Park, Illinois, and the net quote amount was $5,273.57. It was approved, pending a spec review.

• Accepted two, new public utility and drainage easements near the intersection of Cathy Lane and 30th Street.

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